Making a space feel more expansive is a common design challenge. Whether living in a first floor apartment or in a home with little natural lighting, there are several solutions to creating a more open feel to interiors. Spatial layout, color, and finishes are great places to start.
How do you go about designing a neutral bedroom without emphasizing one gender inspired style over the other?
Recent clients approached Decorilla, looking for a natural, fun, modern design for their master bedroom. It was to be eclectic, but also neutral. One of the biggest challenges when designing a neutral bedroom is effectively incorporating both masculine and feminine styles. Now, calling a particular décor style feminine or masculine does not mean that the particular room is designed for only women or men. It just means that the room has qualities that are more associated with one gender more than the other.
Inspired by factories and warehouses, Industrial Design is a trendy style that creates spaces which are modern, urban and full of personality.
Typically, industrial design is associated with large spaces having high ceilings, robust natural light and exposed elements. If these components are lacking in your house, there are plenty of opportunities for you to update and create a modern industrial look. You can do it yourself with these simple tips or hire a virtual designer for some expert help.
What’s the best way to get that sleek contemporary kitchen design that you’ve dreamed of? As one of the most vital parts of a home, the kitchen is not only a place for cooking food, but a place for storing, eating, and entertaining as well. Mark wanted a kitchen that is effective and reflects his personal style…
Recently, Decorilla’s Creative Design Expert, Christine Martin, was featured in Terry’s Blinds blog, a great UK online publication that shares diverse aspects of the interior design world. Periodically, they select a designer to include on their feature, Designer Insights, which glimpses into what inspires designers’ work and offers their top five trends of the season. To check out Christine’s interview and other gems in this site, please visit here.
With summer in full swing, it is great to make the most of being outdoors. Bringing the outdoors in is one way of doing this, as seen in our recent small studio design where a forest wall mural amplifies a living room space. Yet, if you’re home has an outdoor area to work with, more options are open.
A patio, balcony, or terrace is an added living area when designed well. This is simpler when the space is ample enough, but what if it is challenging to use? Here are some helpful tips when decorating small exteriors:
One of the most common design challenges is effective use of space. This is especially true when the space is limited and several uses of the room are needed.
Take one of our recent New York studio design clients, for example. Having moved into a large bedroom, he wanted to create a split living/sleeping space. He was clear about what he liked. “I want to create an airy, elevated type of room with not a lot of furniture that is too close to the ground”. To us, this translated into: floating furniture, a platform bed and a clean minimalistic look. These elements help open up a room. Other possible solutions include the following…
If you chose things solely based on looks, then you might go straight for the ever enduring “it” plant – the Fiddle Leaf Fig, with its large dinner plate sized sculptural leaves. It’s kind of like a Volvo, if you pick the right one and you have the right environment, is pretty low maintenance and a work of art on its own. Whether it lives in a white washed or eclectic environment, this West African beauty acts as a major design element that adds drama and texture to any room. If you don’t give this beauty the proper home it deserves, it can be a real temperamental diva. Be prepared with a box of tissues as those beautiful leaves brown and fall gracefully one by one to the ground. This is not to dissuade you from this plant, it every bit worth the effort.
With June upon us, thoughts of summer inhabit our minds: sunshine, vacation, outdoor enjoyment. Why not have this season reflected in our homes as well? There are many things we can do to decorate our spaces while producing relaxation and brightness. Here are a few of our favorites:
What’s the best way to complete a design when you’ve already picked out many of the main furniture pieces? Min made some living room decorating decisions by investing in her main furniture pieces, but she came to us asking, What’s missing? Sitting in the space together with these items, she thought now what?